Nottingham Contemporary is a modern art gallery on the edge of the city’s historic Lace Market. Inside you’ll find exhibitions of international modern art which rotate frequently and are free to see. The gallery opened in 2009 with a huge David Hockney collection on display, but many other well known names have had their pieces on show here too.
The building is somewhat unusual as its design is both striking and controversial. The design of the building really shows itself well from inside when you realise what a bizarre shaped hole the building had to fit into. This explains its unusual shape on the outside. Look out on the outside too for the green concrete panels which have been imprinted with a lace pattern found in the Lace Market itself.
We were particularly impressed with the size of the lower gallery exhibiting area. This space is huge and the ceiling is high and you get a great view of this gallery area through a special window on the way down the stairs. It has a number of exhibiting spaces and a nice cafe bar on the lower level.
Nottingham Contemporary is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm & Sunday 11am to 5pm. Admission is free. The gallery is closed when exhibitions are being changed over although the cafe bar remains open.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Nottingham Contemporary, High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN
Tel: +44 (0) 115 924 2421
Nottingham Contemporary is at Weekday Cross (Lace Market tram stop) just on the edge of the Lace Market near to the National Justice Museum. It is also just across the road from the Broadmarsh shopping centre with the highest exit from the Broadmarsh (High Pavement) being the nearest to the Nottingham Contemporary.